Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sanitation Commissioner, Bronx Borough President launch public awareness, increased enforcement effort for dog walkers to heed ‘pooper scooper’ law

Here is a quality of life issue the Sanitation Commissioner and the Bronx BP want increased emphasis placed on. Although I am rarely against increased fines to the public, when it comes to selfish pet owners allowing their dogs to defecate on public streets or parks I whole heartedly agree with the crackdown and new public awareness campaign. We need to make sure our streets meet basic sanitary standards. Kudos to our BP and the Commissioner.


Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. today announced a public awareness campaign to remind dog walkers to pick up after their dogs, as required by the law.

The Department also announced that its enforcement agents will be concentrating on ‘problem areas’ brought to its attention by 311 and Bronx community boards where dog walkers repeatedly violate the ‘pooper scooper’ law. The ‘pooper scooper’ law, first introduced in New York City in 1978, requires all dog walkers to pick up their pet’s waste in all public areas. Failure to comply with the law is a $250 fine.

“Bronx residents have been very vocal in seeking a crackdown by our enforcement agents on those who repeatedly allow their dogs to spoil public areas and ignore the law to pick up their dog’s waste,” said Commissioner Doherty. At recent borough budget consultations in the Bronx, canine waste was the number one issue of concern regarding Sanitation, Commissioner Doherty added.

“The Bronx is a great place with so many things to offer. But for too long scofflaws have been defiling our beautiful parks, streets and business districts by refusing to clean up after their dogs. I hope that through this effort ‘pooper-trators’ realize not only the importance of keeping our borough clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy, but that they will pay handsomely when they do not,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

“As neighbors, we cannot continue to accept the inconsideration of individuals who refuse to clean up after the pets. We are asking the City to step up its efforts to enforce its ‘Pooper Scooper’ laws to address what has become more than just a daily nuisance for residents. We urge all dog walkers to do the right thing and be responsible for your pets so that we can all enjoy cleaner streets and parks,” said Fernando Tirado, District Manager of Bronx Community Board #7.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now! it would be nice if the Sanitation started to PUBLIC GARBAGE cans on more corners. I live near Columbus H.S. And there isn't a garbage can for blocks. When The Sanitation sent a represenative to one of our meetings, he said they would look in to it. That was 2 years ago. New York city DESERVES TO BE CALLED NEW YORK SHITY! Not because of the dogs, but because of the HUMAN SMEGMA that walks our streets. And don't forget, THE BRONX HAS THE POLITICIANS MONEY CAN BUY. Or the best borough to commit crimes. Commit murder they'll negotiate a 10 year sentence. That's the BRONX DA'S Mandate.